Ceramics of Italy have released their 2020 tile trends for fall/winter and they include soothing Blue-Green shades, Confetti-effect tiles, bold Deco patterns, and other interesting designs and materials.
Let’s take a look…
Nothing dazzles like a bag full of confetti, which is the same effect that these tiles have on interior spaces. The designs are like a kaleidoscope of colors or floating fragments of shapes, with the patterns adding a burst of energy to floors and walls.
Macro by Casalgrande Padana
Remarble Light by Sant’Agostino
Dolmix by Keope
This year Italian manufacturers were inspired by the effects of Fall with motifs and colors that conjure the feeling of a crisp autumn day or a cozy night by the fire. Organic hues like earthy browns, golden yellows, and burgundy reds are visible in their designs.
Zip by Bardelli Ceramiche
Golden Age by Edimax Astor
Terre Etrusche by Elios Ceramica
Sheer by FAP ceramiche
Long admired for its strength and beauty, concrete continues to serve as a muse for architects as well as manufacturers. From the industrial look of Béton brut to the charm of encaustic cement, these Italian tile collections can be used for all types of surface applications, both indoors and out.
Anima by Ariana
Grunge by Cotto d’Este
SODA by CeramicaBardelli
Blue-green tiles combine the tranquil effects of blue with the optimistic feeling of green. Hues of blue-green also have strong associations with water, from the turquoise of glacial lakes to the aquamarine water of the Mediterranean Sea, which can help people find quieter moments and peace of mind without traveling.
Amore by Imola
Nuance by Tonalite
Metallica by Viva
Materia IN Ghiaccio by Ceramica Vogue
5. HIGH GLOSS
Glossy tiles are making a comeback, allowing floors and walls to pop with perfectly smooth surfaces and beautiful shine. They are also a good option for areas that need to be cleaned often – from backsplashes and showers to lobby floors and exterior walls.
STATUARIO Elite by Blustyle
Pietra Grey Mosaico by Italgraniti
Pulse by Settecento
Cristallo Lucidato by Laminam
Characterized by bold geometric shapes and decadent details, deco tiles feature chevron patterns, arches of contrasting marble, and scallops full of color.
Concert by Edimax Astor Ceramiche
Glam by Panaria
Reverse Aric by SETTECENTO
Shapes of Italy by Caesar Ceramics
PINS Studio Architecture & Interiors has designed a modern apartment in Selangor, Malaysia, with a welcoming and bright interior that’s been inspired by Scandinavian minimalism.
The main social areas of the house, like the living room, dining room, and kitchen, are all located at one end of the apartment. A gray accent wall, floor-to-ceiling curtains, and sofa complement the light wood tones and white accents.
Sliding black-framed glass doors separate the kitchen from the living room and dining room. The minimalist kitchen features white cabinets and a white island, as well as a contrasting section of cabinets with chalkboard fronts.
Behind the living room is the dining area. A wall of floor-to-ceiling white cabinets includes a seating nook that acts as a bench for sitting at the dining table.
Herringbone wood flooring, neutral colors, natural fibers, and plants create a calm environment for the bedroom.
There’s also a walk-in closet that has been designed with white cabinets, a small vanity, and a floor-to-ceiling mirror behind the door.
Photography by MOOOTEN Studio | Design: PINS Studio Architecture & Interiors
Architecture firm Olson Kundig, has designed a house in Seattle, Washington, for their client who wanted a home that would connect her to nature.
The exterior of the home showcases fir siding, that was reclaimed from a nearby fruit storage warehouse. The wood siding will weather naturally with minimal maintenance, while durable galvanized steel roofing and beam end caps complement the natural wood finishes.
City Cabin is organized around a central gathering space with two wings extending from it. One with the master suite, and the other containing the guest room and storage areas.
The heart of the home is an open living space and kitchen, both of which share a 16-foot high ceiling. A wall of full-height windows overlooks the gardens to the southeast, and clerestory windows maximize solar gain and create a sense of lightness while maintaining privacy.
The client’s extensive Native American art collection is found throughout the home, while walls of shelving create plenty of room to display books and decor items.
The home features concrete floors that are tinted with a custom red hue inspired by red cedar and ochre colors, while the walls and ceilings are made of natural, unstained plywood chosen for its durability and simplicity.
Both of the bedrooms include built-in shelving and drawers, and large windows that look out to the garden.
The home also includes a hallway with a mudroom.
Photography by Aaron Leitz | Architect: Olson Kundig | Project Team: : Jim Olson, FAIA, Design Principal; Renee Boone, Project Manager and Project Architect | Key Consultants: Dovetail General Contractors, General Contractor; Coughlin Porter Lundeen, Civil Engineer; MCE Structural Consultants, Structural Engineer; WSP, Mechanical Engineer; Palm Room, Landscape Architect; DePelecyn Studio, Lighting Design; RDH, Envelope
Architects Francesco Di Gregorio and Karin Matz, have designed the remodel of a former hay storage building, and included in the home’s new interior is a staircase that has a unique rope safety barrier.
Instead of having solid walls that would separate the interior and block light from traveling through, the architects used blue rope that would keep the sight-lines open.
Separate from the handrail, the 1640 feet (500m) of blue rope, which is attached to the ceiling and the floor, acts as a colorful accent within the light interior.
Here’s a detailed look at how the blue rope is attached to the floor.
Located on Föhr, a small island in the North Sea of Germany, the remodeled home includes a thatched roof, a brick exterior, and white window frames.
Inside, there’s a bright interior where walls were removed, pine floors were added, 3200 square tiles with hand-made circular holes were crafted to create a unique wall design, and bedrooms have been finished in a turquoise blue, each acting like a small nest for the occupant.
Photography by Francesco Di Gregorio
Architecture firm 85 Design, has recently completed a new eco-friendly house in Da Nang, Vietnam, that has a rooftop herb and vegetable garden, wood shutters, a water feature, an open-plan interior, and a spiral staircase.
Designed for a young couple and their two young children, the house has a wood exterior with folding shutters, that help to protect the home in the stormy season.
On the rooftop, there’s a small patio and a herb/vegetable garden that produces enough for daily use.
The interior of the house has the living room, dining room, and kitchen connected to create a big and flexible space. By having the main floor open plan, it helped to reduce the constructed area and left more space for the garden, which is accessed by retractable glass walls.
The dining room is furnished with a wood top dining table and black chairs and is used to separate the living room and the kitchen.
The kitchen also has wood accents in the form of the island, the counter stools, the shelving, and some lower cabinets.
Outside, there’s a small patio and a water feature with a sculptural element.
To connect to the rooftop garden, there are exterior stairs that run alongside a heavily planted sloped section and a glass railing.
The herb garden on the roof uses a circulated watering system that automatically controls temperature and humidity, as well as preserves and redistributes rain water.
Back inside, and there’s black spiral stairs adjacent to the kitchen.
The top of the spiral stairs is partially enclosed in glass, while a wall of custom-designed shelving with LED lighting displays a collection of figurines and statues.
In one of the bedrooms, a high ceiling allows for a grand appearance, while a wood accent wall has strips of LED lights that run from the ceiling to the floor.
The master bedroom also has a dark wood walk-in closet with a dedicated desk/vanity area.
In the bathroom, textured tiles cover the walls and floor, while the shower is located by the window providing views of the outdoors.
Here’s a look at the floor plans and diagram that show the layout of the house, and the way the house interacts with the wind, sun, and rain.
Photography courtesy of To Huu Dung | Architecture Firm: 85 Design | Lead Architects: To Huu Dung | Design Team: To Huu Dung | Engineering: Dao Ngoc Son | Landscape: To Huu Dung | Collaborators: Thai Thanh Luu and Trinh Mai Giang
Designed as a collaboration between two architects, Joe Sadoski and Kipp Edick, this modern house has a dedicated home office where a desk was cleverly located along a wall of windows.
The home office, which is located in a hallway connecting two different areas, is lined with floor-to-ceiling windows, creating an abundance of natural light.
The home office is furnished with a long wall-to-wall wood desk that has views of a small outdoor space, while behind the desk, is a wall of bookshelves and cabinetry.
The home office is just one key design element found in the net-zero Salt Lake City house. Other details include open plan social areas, a staircase with a long skylight, walls of windows, concrete floors, minimalist kitchen cabinets, and a garage with blended folding doors.
Let’s take a look around…
Photography by Lara Swimmer
Rodrigo Ferreira, a young architect from central Brazil, has designed ‘Casa Joy’, a modern concrete, glass, and wood home filled with arches.
The house, which is located on the outskirts of Goiânia, was built for an unconventional and active lady in her mid-70s and her family, and serves as a retreat and a gathering point for all of them.
At the front of the house, there’s a winding concrete path that’s lit up at night, guiding people from the road up to the front door.
The home features numerous arches, which are especially visible at night as the interior light highlights the curves.
A pivoting front door welcomes people to the home, while a wood ceiling with lighting adds a sense of warmth to the interior.
The entryway opens up to the living room, dining area, and kitchen. The concrete arches are key in creating a sense of space and height throughout the home.
Oversized sliding glass doors amplify the height of the interior and connect to the outdoors.
Back inside, we can see a long kitchen island creates room for socializing while cooking. Sliding glass doors are surrounded by black-framed windows that perfectly fit the concrete arch.
Outside, there’s a covered outdoor dining patio with curved stairs that connect the upper level of the home.
In the bedroom, the arches provide an abundance of natural light and add a sculptural element to the room.
In the bathroom, floor-to-ceiling windows provide tree views for the freestanding bathtub.
Photography by Marcus Camargo | Architect: Rodrigo Ferreira | Project Team: Thyago Chesmam, Larissa Kravchenko, Isabella Tonelli, Caio Weber, Johnathan Oliveira, Barbara Ferreira | Engineer: Bueno Projectos Estruturais | Landscaping: Frederico Rodrigues | Consultant: Diretriz Constutora
New York based architecture and interior design firm Studio F?r, have completed the contemporary remodel of an apartment that overlooks Central Park.
Stepping into the apartment, the entryway was dark, however, the new design includes light walls that continue into the living room, where a custom wood shelving unit runs along the wall and transitions into a bookshelf with LED lighting.
The original living room had a dark grey wall with black floating shelves and a large metallic accent above the fireplace.
The new living room includes a gas fireplace by Spark with a light gray stone surround by SMC Stone. White walls keep the room bright, while the furnishings have a slight mid-century modern touch.
Outside, there’s a balcony that overlooks Central Park and has views of the city skyline in the distance.
Back inside, and the original dining room kept with the darker, gray, and black theme that’s apparent throughout the interior. The newly updated dining room, which is open to the kitchen, has a circular light that hangs above a glass dining table.
In the kitchen, dark wood cabinets with a black backsplash were replaced with custom gray kitchen cabinets, dark gray Paperstone countertops and backsplash, stainless steel appliances, and Plumen lighting.
Back in the living room, we see there’s a staircase that leads down to the other level of the apartment. The original walls were burnt orange, while the stairs are made from metal. The updated stairs are much brighter, with wood treads and small lights built into the white walls.
At the bottom of the stairs, there’s a bright hallway filled with artwork.
One of the original bedrooms had a wood-like material on the walls and ceiling, while the new bedroom has been updated with bright walls and minimal furniture.
Here’s a look at one of the bathrooms before photos. There’s gray tile on the walls and floor, a white pedestal sink, and a shower/bath combo with white subway tiles. The newly updated bathroom has bright white walls, a simple wood vanity with a white sink, and a shower/bath combo with square turquoise tiles on the walls.
The other bathrooms have also been updated. Some of the key features are a deep soaking bathtub, shelving niches, marbled tiles, wood accents, and large mirrors.
The apartment also has a home office, which was originally filled with black shelves, black curtains, a tv stand and desk, and dark floors. It’s now been transformed into a bright space with a simple desk and a sofa.
After photography by Garrett Rowland | Architecture and Interior Design: Studio F?r | Contractor: Dean & Silva LLC
Malan Vorster Architecture Interior Design has completed a modern home that’s’ nestled between Devil’s Peak and Signal Hill in Cape Town, South Africa.
Stone and gabion walls with plants are lit up by exterior lighting at the front of the home, while wood slats add a natural element on the upper level of the home.
Stepping inside, the entryway is furnished with a wood console table and round mirror.
The open plan interior includes a spacious living room and dining room, while a couple of steps leads up to the kitchen.
The kitchen has minimalist cabinets and a double height ceiling with a wall of glass that shows off the mountains in the distance.
The kitchen opens up to the yard, which also a secondary level with a pergola and outdoor lounge, and a swimming pool.
Back inside, and there’s a wood staircase with black accents that connects the different floors of the home.
At the top of the stairs, there’s a dedicated home office with room for two, custom shelving, and a few house plants.
Here’s a look at the floor plan that shows the layout of the home.
Photography by Adam Letch | Architect’ Firm: Malan Vorster Architecture, Interior Design | Lead Architects: Pieter Malan, Jan-Heyn Vorster & Peter Urry | Structural Engineer: Design Tech Structural Engineers | Quantity Surveyors: Heinrich Beer Quantity Surveyors | Landscape Designer: Franchesca Watson | Main Contractor: Conruton Construction
Canadian firm Architecture49, has completed a new home in La Malbaie, Quebec, that’s inspired by the breathtaking view of the river and the picturesque rural setting
A neutral color palette of black, white, and wood was used inside and out, with materials such as eastern cedar and pine, and contemporary sheet metal roofing. At the side of the home, there’s a swimming pool that can be enjoyed on a hot day.
A path alongside the house, leads from the front, down to the rear of the home.
Stepping inside, we see the top level of the home is dedicated to the social areas of the house. The open plan living room, dining area, and kitchen all share the same space, which is connected via the use of a vaulted wood ceiling and concrete floors.
A large sliding black-framed glass door opens to a deck for outdoor dining.
Back inside, and simple wood stairs connect to the lower level of the home, that’s dedicated to the sleeping areas and bathrooms.
At the bottom of the stairs and open to the hallway, are multiple sets of bunk beds. These bunk beds have a wood interior, with white suppers and ladders that match the walls.
There’s also a separate bedroom with a matte black accent wall, and matching black curtains. An en-suite bathroom is decorated with large format black tiles in the shower, and a wood vanity that matches the wood in the bedroom.
In a powder room, hexagonal black and white tiles cover the walls.
The home also has a wood lined sauna with a view of the trees.
Here’s a look at the floor plan that shows the layout of the home, with the bedrooms on the lower level, and the social areas upstairs.